65, died August 25 in Salem. He was born and raised in Corvallis. Will served a church mission in Quebec, Canada for 2
years, then moved back to the Willamette Valley living for
many years in Dallas and Salem, moving to Aumsville 3 years
ago. He was a member of CERT (Community Emergency Response
Team) in Salem.
drawing, acting, dancing, especially square dancing, old cars,
going to garage sales, and he loved music, playing all kinds
of musical instruments and singing. He worked as a screen
printer for over 20 years the last for Salem Emblem. Will was
married to Cary and later Tamara who preceded him in death in
2009, then to Linda Chase, whom he married on November 26,
2010 in Lake Oswego.
He is survived by
his wife: Linda of Aumsville; children: Heather Putnam of
Stayton, Kristin Thomas of Dallas, Stephenie Perkins of Salem,
Nathan Thomas of Salem, Rachel Chase of Salem, Heather Jones
of Magna, UT., Daniel Chase of Milwaukie, Quinton Chase of
Milwaukie and Sonja Davidson of Salem; brothers: Ken Thomas of
Australia, Tom Thomas of Riverside, CA., and Carl Thomas of
Beaverton; sisters: Ann Reed of Riverside, CA., and Susan
Whitney of Henderson, NV.; 19 grandchildren and 2
great-grandchildren. Will was preceded in death by son:
Everett Thomas in 2005.
Funeral service will
be Friday, August 30, 2013 at 1:00 pm at The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Stayton Ward, where he was a
member. Graveside interment will be at 3:30 pm at Dayton
Oddfellows Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the American
Cancer Society. Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.